The Botanical Institute of the Northeast (IBONE) is a research institute established on December, 1977, under an agreement between the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (in Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET) and Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (National University of the Northeast, UNNE).
Numerous researchers, technicians, and grantees perform within the facilities of our institute. Diverse scientific and technological researches are carried out and human resources are trained to become highly qualified in the main areas: Taxonomy, Cytogenetics and Evolution, Anatomy, Grass Genetics, Plant Physiology, and Biotechnology and Functional Genomics. Moreover, services and assistance to third parties are provided in each of the above-mentioned areas.
In Argentina, deep within the core of the northeast, IBONE aims at providing technical and scientific knowledge and services in order to comprehend the regional biodiversity, carry out environmental baseline surveys and promote sustainable product development in the region as well as in the whole country.
The Botanical Institute of the Northeast (IBONE) is based in Sargento Cabral university campus in Corrientes. Antonio Krapovickas, B.A.E. (Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering), founder and first director of IBONE, arrived at the city along with his wife Dr. Carmen L. Cristóbal, in 1964. Both Krapovickas and Cristóbal worked as teachers at the then Facultad de Agronomía y Veterinaria (School of Agronomy and Veterinary) and Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales (School of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences). Their performance and scientific background led to their rapid distinction in the academic field, and allowed them to attract their most distinguished students and transmit their keenness on botany to them. Those students then became their first coworkers, whose number and specializations increased substantially over time.
This working basis had been strengthening until its formal foundation in late 1977 by means of an establishment agreement between the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE).
Today, IBONE belongs to the CONICET’s Centro Científico y Tecnológico Nordeste (Northeast Scientific and Technological Center), among several other scientific research institutes in the region. Throughout the whole first period, the institute had been gaining relevance, which added to its researchers specializing at first-rate national and international institutions gave rise to its earliest research areas: Taxonomy, Genetics, and Physiology.
IBONE began the new millennium well regarded by its fellows and building a consultation and reference basis in its specialty: Argentinian northeast. In 2001, the institute was awarded, by Fundación Rómulo Raggio (Romulo Raggio Foundation), a medal of merit for being one of the most important botanical institutions in the country and promoting Argentinian culture. Luis Amado Mroginski, B.A.E., internationally renowned plant physiologist, was Director of IBONE from then on to 2014. Mroginski was succeeded by Dr. Lidia I. Ferraro, distinguished researcher from Corrientes, specialized in lichens. Since February, 2015, the regular director of IBONE is Dr. José Guillermo Seijo, renowned cytogeneticist from the institution, with Dr. Mario Hugo Urbani as Deputy Director.
Over time, the number of researchers, grantees, and technical staff increase greatly, and the areas of Cytogenetics and Evolution, Anatomy and, more recently, Applied Biotechnology and Functional Genetics were strengthened. IBONE’s six areas were thus outlined. Physically, they occupy four adjacent buildings and some laboratories belonging to Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias (School of Agrarian Sciences), apart from greenhouses and different sections for general services.
Researchers at IBONE perform teaching tasks at UNNE, Universidad de Formosa (University of Formosa), UNCAus (Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral – National University of Chaco Austral) and UNaM (Universidad Nacional de Misiones – National Universty of Misiones), carrying out classroom and management tasks with outstanding soundness. IBONE members also belong to national and foreign scientific societies. Moreover, throughout the institute’s history, they have organized scientific meetings and conferences of specialists in the different areas, thus contributing to the development of botany.